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Title:THE EVACUATION OF CASUALTIES FROM THE BRITISH SECTOR OF THE NORMANDY BEACH-HEAD [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-1
Summary: British army casualties are evacuated through No 32 Casualty Clearing Station at Reviers to a hospital ship anchored off 'Juno' Beach for despatch to the UK.
Description: A large Red Cross panel spread out on the ground marks the site of the clearing station. Austin K2 ambulances arrive to take seriously-wounded patients to Courseulles-sur-Mer. An RAMC lieutenant checks triplicate tags giving a patient's case history on a wounded army signaller. Walking wounded and stretcher-borne patients are put aboard ambulances. The wounded arrive at the central Casualty Evacuation Point at Courseulles. 'Mae West' lifejackets are handed out to those men bound for England. Some of the 500 casualties evacuated daily by sea are put aboard LCP(S)s fitted out as water ambulances. The cameraman sets out in one such launch for the SS Duke of Rothesay. The wounded are directly transferred onto the hospital ship from the LCP(S)s. Casualties needing immediate treatment are taken down to an operating theatre while the majority of patients are allowed to stay on deck to enjoy the warm sea air.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Johnson, John Norman (Production individual)
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Keywords: Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, France (geography)
Reviers, Calvados, France (geography)